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Microsoft Learning Snacks: Windows 7

Posted by Rubel Khan on June 24, 2009

Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts. Each Snack is delivered by using innovative Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos. At the end of each free presentation, you can view more Snacks, learn more about the topic, or visit a related Web site.

Introducing Windows 7 (26 minutes) New
The Windows 7 client operating system offers innovative technologies that improve performance, reliability, security, and compatibility. It also offers new capabilities that help organizations improve user productivity, enhance security, and reduce operating costs. Because Windows 7 is built on the same platform as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the investments you make in Windows Vista readiness—application testing and hardware assessment—will help speed the adoption of Windows 7 in your environment.

Implementing User Account Control in Windows 7 (16 minutes) New
The User Account Control (UAC) feature was first implemented in the Windows Vista operating system to protect computers from malicious software and unauthorized system changes. Based on feedback from users and administrators, the Windows team significantly enhanced UAC in Windows 7 to give users greater control of their computers and provide administrators with more granular configuration settings. This Learning Snack explains how UAC works and shows you how to configure UAC security settings. It also describes the key UAC enhancements in Windows 7.

Introducing BitLocker and AppLocker in Windows 7 (20 minutes) New
Every organization needs to keep its business-critical data secure and impervious to theft. This Learning Snack describes the BitLocker and AppLocker features in Windows 7, which give you more control over sensitive data. It demonstrates how BitLocker protects hard drives and the data on laptops, and how BitLocker to Go secures removable storage devices. This Learning Snack also shows you how to implement application control policies with AppLocker to protect the computers on your network from unlicensed and malicious software.

Desktop Experience in Windows 7 (15 minutes) New
This Learning Snack describes the new desktop and taskbar features in Windows 7 that help you effortlessly manage your applications, folders, and windows. It also demonstrates how to use features such as Aero Peek and Aero Shake to manage open windows. This Snack also shows you how to create taskbar icons to easily access frequently used applications and Jump Lists to save files on your desktop without the clutter.

Setting Up a Home Network in Windows 7 (7 minutes) New
If you have more than one computer in your home, you can create a home network so that you can easily share and access files and printers across the network. This Learning Snack describes the HomeGroup feature in Windows 7, which will help you create a home network quickly and easily.

Introducing the Troubleshooting Platform in Windows 7 (14 minutes) New
Typically, when users have computer issues, they call the help desk to resolve them. However, if users have Windows 7, they can take advantage of its new tools to solve their computer problems without calling help desk. This Learning Snack explores new ways to manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in Windows 7 by using the troubleshooting platform, which includes Action Center and Problem Steps Recorder.

Using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool for Servicing Windows 7 Images (11 minutes) New
Windows 7 includes several tools that simplify desktop deployment, including Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). DISM combines the functionality of several image-management tools that were available in Windows Vista. With the help of DISM, IT professionals and desktop configuration administrators can deploy Windows images to computer systems efficiently and quickly. This Learning Snack describes the DISM tool and demonstrates some of the commands that administrators can use while preparing and servicing Windows images offline.

Windows 7 for Developers (67 minutes) New
Windows 7 offers a new way of interacting with the computer, using our hands. In two parts, the different aspects of implementing Touch, Multi-Touch and Ink are covered. The Taskbar is the new interface through which users can launch application and switch between windows. This snack covers the Taskbar motivations, and includes a drill down to the technical details of implementing JumpLists, Thumbnails Toolbar buttons, Overlay Icons, Custom Window Switch and more. The Sensors and Location snack highlights scenarios and the implications of using sensors and location implantation within applications. In the last snack, we will examine the internal structure of Windows 7 Libraries as well as the APIs and how to make an application Library aware.
Note This Snack was created by the Developer & Evangelism Platform (DPE) team at Microsoft.

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